From the list serve , “1000+ Friends,” that keeps many of us informed on Parks/Parks Department issues, news that Manhattan Community Board 8 — blindsided by NYC Parks Department actions which kept them in the dark, and, in fact, misinformed them on what would be coming to the former Tavern on The Green space — issued a resolution expressing their “outrage” over the decision to place mobile food trucks in the Central Park space, contrary to what was previously presented as their plans.
Just a note that Community Board 2’s Parks Committee often hides behind the oft quoted statement “community boards are just advisory,” but, of course, the body can always issue resolutions which are submitted to the City Council and the media to raise awareness of issues like this one.
And certainly more than a few issues were raised at the last Parks Committee meeting earlier this month in relation to Washington Square Park – but more on that another day.
From 1000+ Friends:
WHERE’S my CRYSTAL CHANDELIER?
Fans of the old time gaudy excess at the Tavern On the Green are definitely not happy with what’s been happening at there lately. In fact, they’ve resolved to oppose it — or at least look for some more facts amid the lack of fancy.
Witness the following resolution was passed by Manhattan Community Board 8 at its last full Board meeting:
RESOLUTION: WHEREAS the Parks Dept. failed to inform Community Board 8 about the renovations to the Tavern on the Green site, which is a landmarked structure in a landmarked park; and
WHEREAS the Parks Dept., without any consultation to the Community Board 8, awarded contracts to food vendors who will sell cooked food from unattractive and potentially polluting trucks at the Tavern on the Green site, in contrast to plans presented to Community Board 8 for vending via specialty carts; and
WHEREAS the Parks Dept. ignored Community Board 8’s July 2010 resolution asking the Department to postpone issuing RFPs for food vendors on the Tavern on the Green site until they presented their plans to the Community Board; and
WHEREAS the Parks Dept. ignored all of Community Board 8’s suggestions effective and attractive ways to sell food temporary at the Tavern on the Green site; therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED that Community Board 8, Manhattan, expresses outrage over the failure to inform the Board before renovations were made to the Tavern on the Green site and contracts were awarded for selling food at the site from trucks instead of the previously intended specialty carts; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that CB8 urges the Parks Department to halt plans for allowing vendors to sell food at the Tavern on the Green site until an alternative to the use of trucks is identified.
Photo from & read more at A Walk in the Park Blog.